Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Yesterday, Shane went to Natalie's school to carve a pumpkin with her. He did a My Little Pony pumpkin. :) Natalie was so excited and LOVED having her daddy at school with her! Heidi was sad because she wanted to do a pumpkin too so we did one together. She helped me scoop out all the gooey stuff and then instead of carving a face on it we used cookie cutters. (Thank you Pinterest) She held the pumpkin and I used a mallet to make star cutouts all around the little pumpkin. When the girls got home they put sticker faces on the tiny pumpkins and we glued pink yarn on them for hair.

Tonight the girls were so excited to get into their costumes. They were ready to go an hour before we actually took them out trick-or-treating. We still went out pretty early...I think we were the first ones out  in our neighborhood. :) The girls had so much fun! Shane and I both walked around with them and it was really nice getting to see all our neighbors. After taking them around the block, we came back home and they passed out candy. They would each take huge handfuls to give each kid. Thankfully we had plenty of candy! 

 With their friends Winnie and Luca
 My cute little mermaids

 Such pretty girls!

Ahh! She looks so grown up!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

No More Training Wheels!

This weekend was really great.  The whole weekend! Friday, Shane got off work early. We picked up Natalie from school and went straight to Costco. That in itself is fun for me. :) After Costco we grabbed dinner and then took the girls to the park. Shane decided it was time for Natalie to learn to ride her bike without training wheels. I was so shocked. She picked it up so quickly! She was riding after just a few tries. She just couldn't figure out how to stop. She would be doing great and then just stop peddling, fall over and cry. 

 The next morning we split up. Shane took Heidi to run some errands and I took Natalie to the mall to buy her some winter clothes. That girl is getting taller and taller everyday and none of her clothes fit! I waited as long as I could to get her some warmer clothes and finally decided to go once I got a great coupon for Crazy8. We found so many cute outfits and had such a great Mommy/Natalie morning. We stopped by Starbucks and sat together talking while she ate her cake pop and I drank my coffee. It was just perfect. Then we met Shane and Heidi at Five Guys for lunch before heading back to the park. Heidi didn't like that Natalie got to ride a bike without training wheels and she didn't so we took hers off too. Seriously...she picked it up right away too! Both of the girls did really great! 
 Cake pops at Starbucks and a full bag full of clothes. :)
 I forgot my sunglasses at home so I borrowed Heidi's
 Lunch with Daddy
 Heidi with no training wheels!

Then this morning we took them to a different park. This one had paths for them to bike on instead of just grass. Natalie did not want to go on the sidewalk! She was scared to death of falling and getting hurt. Shane worked with the girls and after about 20 minutes they were racing down the sidewalk! I have to say it's a weird feeling to teach your first born (and second) how to ride a bike. It made me feel so old! My girls are so big!

 After naps I was feeling kind of blah and decided to go for a run. We put the kids in the car and drove across the street to the highschool and used their track. Shane and I ran and the girls rode their bikes. So fun!! The girls went around and around. They didn't fall much and when the did they just got back up and kept going. When we were done we pulled out some kites from the back of the car. The girls were so excited! They have never flown kites neither actually! Natalie's kite worked perfectly but the one I got Heidi just didn't want to stay in the air. 
 Natalie went first and her's was really easy
 It stayed up in the air the whole time!

 Heidi was next but her's didn't work so well
 I got a good picture from the 2 seconds it was in the air :)

We had so much fun together. My girls would say..."This was the best day ever." 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October in a Nutshell :)

I've been so bad at blogging lately! I love to take pictures of the girls and our life....usually with my phone. But when I actually have the time to put them all on here I usually find other things to do instead. :) is a recap of the month of October.

 Our oven broke the day before Heidi's birthday. It took 2 weeks for an oven repairman to come see it and only 10 minutes for him to tell me it was fried and that I should buy a new one. Yikes! Our new one is pretty cool though and very pretty. :) It even has convection which I have no clue how to use!
 I also made strawberry jam for the first time. I didn't have all the canning equipment to cook it so I made freezer jam. Don't think it turned out how it was supposed to but I'm not really sure because I never made it before! It tastes good but it didn't really set. I will definitely try it again though!
 I love instagram! It takes my adorable pictures of the girls and makes them even cuter. :) 
 Natalie learned to tie her shoes! They are having a contest at her school right before they take Thanksgiving break and if you can tie your own shoes you get a prize. She really really wanted to learn and get her prize. :) I showed her two times and she figured it out. For some reason...probably from watching too many movies...I thought it would be a long drawn out process involving tears. Thankfully, not for us!! 
 A girls night that ended in ice cream at Baskin Robins. Yum!
 I looked over and Heidi was laying on the floor, singing to Violet. So cute!
 Shane and I went on a date night last weekend. We went to the ceramic art place and made Christmas stuff. The whole place was empty and we had a great time. Then we went to Bonefish to use our gift cards and had the best dinner. We both got specials instead of our usuals. Shane got seared tuna and I got panko orange roughy topped with crab. YUM!! 
 And while we were gone Gracie was the best babysitter ever!  
 We had family dinner night the other night and my mom made a lasagna big enough to feed a small army! Seriously...there were 13 people and we only ate 1/4 of the pan! It was amazing!!

 The weather has been absolutely amazing around here lately! The girls play outside whenever they can. There is seriously nothing sweeter than to see them swinging together. It makes a momma's heart happy!
 Today, Heidi and I met my parents at Steak N Shake for lunch. It just opened and none of us had ever been to one. It was super busy but it was much better than I thought it would be. I thought it was like a McDonalds but it was much better. We had a really nice time. :)

 We went to the pumpkin patch tonight after Shane got home from work and my camera battery died after ONE picture! I couldn't believe it. So messed up!! At least the one I got was a good one! I used my iphone after that because Heidi was feeling like posing for me. She kept running around to different spots asking me to take her picture. I love it when my girls are like that!
I made the best dinner ever tonight! I found the recipe on pinterest...what do you know?? It's called Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos and they are super easy and super yummy. I also made some pretty awesome guacamole too. Avocado, purple onion, tomato, cilantro, sour cream and kosher salt. :) 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Honoring Uncle Reuben

Shane and I were able to go out to California for Uncle Reuben's funeral this past weekend. (Thank you Aunt Marilyn!) It was such an amazing time and I am so happy we were able to go. We were there for the beautiful ceremony at their church and then after that we went to the cemetery where he was to be buried. I think that was the most special part for me. It was a military cemetery and 6 marines carried the coffin to the site. The Major escorted Marilyn and we all walked behind them. The marines all saluted the flag that was draped over Uncle Reuben's coffin. There was so much honor and respect given by these young men who didn't even know him. After they folded the flag and each saluted it again, the Major got down on his knee in front of Marilyn and thanked her for her father's service to his country and said how sorry he was for her loss. It was so moving and so special! Everyone was in tears. We all saluted the flag as they played the military taps and then they did a 21 gun salute. I only knew Uncle Reuben for a little over 10 years but he was a great man and and he made my life better for knowing him. 
 These Marines came to the church to pay their respects.
 Justin, Joel, Jon, Josh, Rich and Shane carrying the coffin into the church.
Sabrina made this poster of Uncle Reuben. 

After both ceremonies we had a great time being with all the family. So many people that we hardly ever get to see! We stayed up late talking and having fun. The next morning Shane, Joel and I woke up early and went to see Isabelle play soccer. So much fun!! She was awesome and did amazing. :) Then we went to brunch at this place in Old Town Pasadena. It's called Barney's Beanery. Kind of a hole in the wall sports bar but seriously...the best omelette in the whole world! I don't even like eggs and I haven't been able to stop thinking about this thing since we went! If you ever go...get the California omelette...A-MA-ZING!! :) know me and my food. It makes me very happy. :) Speaking of happy...we also went to In N Out, Chipotle, Del Taco and Thrifty's for some ice cream. :)
The best combo ever! 
I also snuck in a super quick visit to see my best friends brand new baby. So cute!!